Dane Zaun's Cali Quiver

Thursday, April 27, 2017

From the biggest and best days of winter, to everyday summer beachies, this quiver's got Dane covered. Full breakdown, below (he's 5'11" / 81kg):

NITRO - 5'8" x 19 3/4" x 2 7/16" x 30L

HYFI MONSTA BOX - 5'10" x 19 1/4" x 2 3/8" x 28.1L

HYFI MONSTA 6 - 6'0" x 19" x 2 3/8" x 28L

FORGET ME NOT - 6'1" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 27.6L

FORGET ME NOT - 6'4" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 29.1L

Dane, throwing down at home in LA. HYFI Monsta Box 5'10" x 19 1/4" x 2 3/8" x 28.1L. Photo Eric Henderson

Plenty of spark in this guy's rail game! HYFI Monsta 6 - 6'0" x 19" x 2 3/8" x 28L. Photo Civic Couch Productions. 

Long walls, lots of water and extra rubber call for step ups! Dane, flairing on his 6'4" Forget Me Not round pin. Photo Civic Couch Productions


Best of Bells

Friday, April 21, 2017

Joel, flairing through the Bells Bowl. With plenty of power on hand throughout the Rip Curl Pro, one of his go-to boards was a slight step-up 6'1 1/2" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.6L Monsta 6 (he's 6'0" / 83kg). Photo Ryan Miller 

Parko, locked and loaded for yet another timeless performance on the Surf Coast reefs. With several rounds running at pumping Winki before Bells came to the party in a big way for the finale, Joel switched between his normal 6'0" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.1L Monsta 6, the 6'1 1/2" (above), and several other boards up to 6'2 1/2" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 29L, paired with both our JS FCS2 template, and the Carver (all in large). Photo Ryan Miller


Jeremy, laying it over on a ridiculous Winki wall. Photo Trevor Moran

Like Joel, Jezza went with a slight step-up Monsta 6, an inch longer than his normal shortboard - 5'10 1/2" x 18 1/4" x 2 1/4" x 24.9L (he's 5'9" / 68kg). Clip Peter King

After looking incredibly comfortable in waves of any size throughout the Aus leg, especially the chunkier days at Margies and Bells, Jeremy's moving onto the next leg of the CT with his boards dialled in, a razor sharp rail game, and some of his favourite events in the firing line. Big things to come! Photo Ryan Miller

Sal, wetting her rails through the Bowl. Photo Trevor Moran


Even with a fin slice to the foot and a back injury, Sal managed to follow up her Margies win with a solid quarterfinal finish at Bells. With plenty of perfect, punchy surf on tap for the girls as well as the guys throughout the event, she went up from her normal shortboard (5'8 1/2" x 17 5/8" x 2 3/16" x 22.3L M6) to one of her favourites from WA - a 5'10" x 17 5/8" x 2 3/16" x 23L Monsta 6 round tail. Photo Ryan Miller

Ace's backhand, looking as smooth and powerful as ever. At 5'9" / 76kg, he rides a 5'11" x 18 5/8"x 2 5/16" x 26L Monsta 6. Photo Ryan Miller

When the sunrise looks like this and the Torquay reefs are doing their thing, it makes it pretty damn easy to get up in the dark. Throughout the Rip Curl Pro, Ace's been rotating between his 5'10 and 5'11" Monsta 6s, geared with our JS FCS2 template in large. Photo Trevor Moran

Owen and the fruits of his own dawn patrol. Event warm ups don't get much better as long as you've got the right rubber! Photo Trevor Moran

Throughout the Aus CT leg we saw a hundred different shades of O's backhand attack, and it's delivered consistently enough for him to now sit at second in the world. Can't get enough of this guy's rail game! Photo Trevor Moran

Owen loves his Forget Me Nots to pivot tight in the pocket and push as hard as he can when the conditions allow, and this one fit the bill perfectly while the Surf Coast reefs lit up. Close to his shortboard size, this FMN round pin is 6'3 1/2" x 19" x 2 3/8" x 29.3L (O's 6'3" / 76kg). Photo Ryan Miller

Perfect surfing for a perfect canvas. Fred, dismantling Winki on the way to the quarters. Photo Trevor Moran

Fred's always smiling, especially during the first big CT result of his career. A well-deserved quarter final finish at Bells, in the bag. At 6'1" / 81kg, he rides a 6'0" x 19" x 2 7/16" x 28.7L Monsta 6. Photo Ryan Miller

Raw power one second and as progressive as it gets the next - Jules knows how to get it done anywhere. Photo Ryan Miller

With a bunch of his favourite shortboards on hand for both Winki and Bells, ones of J-Dub's go-to all rounders was a 6'0 1/2" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 28L Monsta 6. Photo Ryan Miller


Nitro Testing with Noel Salas

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Wherever you surf around the world, the new Nitro is all about making those smaller, weaker days as much fun as possible. With a flatter rocker than any other board in our X Series, it's built to generate and hold maximum speed in whatever waves you have on hand. In this review, Noel Salas surfs his Nitro on a few small days at Trestles, and gives it a great going over. Looks like it suits him pretty damn well too... Dimensions, below (he's 5'9" / 77kg). Enjoy!

NITRO - 5'6" x 19 1/4" x 2 5/16" x 26.8L 


Sally Fitz Takes Out Margaret River

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

 

The reigning world champ and new equal world number one, all smiles. After getting through Carissa and Steph, Sal matched up against Tyler in the final - heat draws don't get any harder than that! Photo Trevor Moran

Another epic finish in WA and Sal's first chair up the beach of 2017, thanks to her dad Marty and Sage Erickson. Photo Ryan Miller


Sal, jamming it in the Main Break pocket. With two slight step-ups on hand for most heats, a 5'10" Monsta 6 round tail and 5'11" Forget Me Not round pin, the FMN ended up being her board of choice for the extra power and size that Margies was throwing down on finals day. Dims, below (she's 5'7" / 57kg). Photo Ryan Miller

Monsta 6 - 5'10" x 17 5/8" x 2 3/16" x 23L

Forget Me Not - 5'11" x 17 5/8" x 2 3/16" x 23.3L

The winning quiver! Photo Ryan Miller

Sal definitely left her mark on WA in 2017. And with Bells just around the corner, her rail game's primed and ready to roll straight into the Bowl. Photo Trevor Moran


More West Aus Gold

Monday, April 03, 2017

Owen, bottom turning around half the Indian Ocean to power straight into Margies Pro finals day. Photo WSL / Matt Dunbar

With so much energy in the water on Saturday, O went with one of his biggest boards in his WA quiver - a Forget Me Not round pin step up, 6'8" x 19" x 2 3/8" x 31.1L (with a 6'10" on hand as backup!). Clip Peter King

From huge carves out the back to critical tail drifts on the tricky inside section, O's backhand went into overdrive all weekend. Photo Ryan Miller

Joel, making sure he doesn't bring a knife to a gun fight. Forget Me Not round pin step up, 6'6" x 18 7/8" x 2 7/16" x 30.5L (he's 6'0" / 83kg). Photo Ryan Miller 

After smashing his first heat at Main Break (above), Joel lost a tough one to Jeremy in round three. Luckily, WA's full of consolation prizes. Photo Ryan Miller

Parko, stuffed inside one of the southwest's more treacherous consolation prizes - The Box. With the playing field and wave height being a fraction of Main Break, Joel went back down to his standard Monsta 6 shortboard out here - 6'0" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.1L. Photo Ryan Miller

Jeremy's rail game was helping him nail high scores all over the place, and JS was just as stoked as he was. Dream team! Throughout the bigger days at Margies, Jezza went with a Monsta 6 round tail step up - 6'2" x 18 1/4" x 2 5/16" x 26.5L (he's 5'9" / 68kg). Photo Ryan Miller

Jezza's money turn from the weekend - big laybacks in big sections. Photo Ryan Miller

Sally's put in plenty of hours at Main Break both before and during the event window, and it's starting to show. After riding 6'1"s and 6'2"s on the biggest days earlier on, she's settled on the following slight step ups for the last few rounds - Monsta 6 round tail 5'10" x 17 5/8" x 2 3/16" x 23L,  and Forget Me Not round pin 5'11" x 17 5/8" x 2 3/16" x 23L (she's 5'7" / 57kg). Photo Ryan Miller 

Sal, slicing her way to the semis and a 9.73 - the highest scoring wave of the women's event so far. Photo Ryan Miller

Julian, getting ready for what would be one of the performances of the event so far in round two. After using his Snapper shortboards at North Point, Jules stepped it up to a Forget Me Not round pin for Main Break - 6'4" x 18 3/4" x 2 7/16" x 29.6L (he's 6'0" / 80kg). Photo Ryan Miller

Jules, all commitment. Photo Ryan Miller

Give J-Dub some room to move, and you'll probably see some of the best rail work of the year. Laying deep tracks on that same Forget Me Not, on the way through to round four with Owen. Photo Ryan Miller

While he didn't get a wildcard or entry to the trials, Mikey's been scoring all over the south-west during the Margies waiting period. Along with throwing some of the biggest airs anyone's seen so far this year, he's also done his fair share of this - dodging the guillotine at The Box. At 6'0" / 78kg, Mikey rides a 6'1" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.5L Monsta 6 round tail. Photo Trevor Moran

With plenty of free surfing gold in the bank and no injuries, this year's WA strike mission was definitely a success for Mikey. Back on his regular Monsta 6 shortboard, 6'0" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.1L. Photo Trevor Moran 

Our young gun Caleb, driving through a chunky one during his first ever surf at The Box. After growing a lot in the last few months, Caleb's now 5'5" / 50kg, and rides his 5'6" x 17 1/8" x 2 1/16" x 20.4L Monsta 6 Youth in everything from smaller, rippable days to sessions like this. Photo Trevor Moran 

Jack Robbo's been another entertaining sideshow around the main event, and he's also the guy half the top 32 took their line-up markers from at North Point. Here's Robbo, casual as ever, setting up another one at The Box. At 5'10" / 70kg, he rides a 5'10" x 18 1/4" x 2 1/4" x 24.8L Monsta 6. Photo Trevor Moran 


Owen's WA & Bells Weapons

Friday, March 31, 2017

 

For the rest of the Australian CT leg, O's rolling with a bit of variety in his shortboards. Forget Me Not round pins, Monsta 6 squash tails, and a couple of HYFI Monsta 6s. After choosing the part of his quiver for WA, including some much bigger step ups, we decided on one or more of almost everything for Bells as well. Or as Owen put it - "these for the Bowl, them for Winki, and the HYFIs for Rincon! Hah." Full breakdown, below (he's 6'3" / 76kg):

MONSTA 6 - 6'3" x 19" x 2 3/8" x 29.5L (Snapper winner)

HYFI MONSTA 6 - 6'3" x 19" x 2 3/8" x 29.2L

FORGET ME NOT - 6'3 1/2" x 19" x 2 3/8" x 29.3L

FORGET ME NOT - 6'4 1/2" x 19" x 2 3/8" x 29.7L

STEP UP - 6'6" x 19" x 2 3/8" x 29.9L

STEP UP - 6'8" x 19" x 2 3/8" x 31.1L

STEP UP - 6'10" x 19" x 2 3/8" x 32L 

From surfing to boards, travelling and training, these two seem to talk for hours every time they're together. Here's O and JS, breaking down the next lot of magic sleds.  

Owen's Snapper winning Monsta 6 - definitely in the boardbag for both Margies and Bells!

O's biggest boards were reserved for the west, and they came in handy almost straight away. 6'8" and 6'10" Forget Me Not round pin step ups, ready for 10 - 12 foot Margies, huge Fiji, or second reef Pipe. 

Humble, hard working, and as talented as they come. Can't get enough of working with this guy! 


All Kinds of Pumping, from North Point to Main Break

Thursday, March 30, 2017

 

Owen, under the ledge on one of the heaviest barrels of opening day. From the yellow jersey to the classic no-grab tube stance, this shot is a great marker of where O's at right now - right back in his element. Photo Trevor Moran

With a few of his best waves in round one shutting down right at the last second, O blew up on his backhand to smash round two and keep the roll going. After choosing a 6'4 1/2" x 19" x 2 3/8" x 29.7L Forget Me Not round pin at North Point (above), Owen chose a 6'8" x 19" x 2 3/8" x 31.1L Step Up to tackle the bigger, windier walls of Main Break on day two (he's 6'3" / 76kg). Fingers crossed we'll see some heats at The Box to complete our WA trifecta! Photo Trevor Moran

Ace's been putting his finely-tuned backhand to work all over the southwest, and after a tight battle with Fred in round two, he's through to round three. At 5'9" / 76kg, he rides a step up Forget Me Not round pin - 6'4" x 18 5/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.2L. Photo Trevor Moran

In WA, it's all about big fins and rounded pins. One of Ace's go-to templates is our FCS thruster set in large for a great mix of drive and flow between turns. Photo Ryan Miller

 

Fred's been absolutely flairing, but will now have to focus on putting all that power (and a lot of new step-ups) to use at Bells. At 6'1" / 81kg, he rides a 6'2 1/2" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.5L Forget Me Not round pin. Photo Trevor Moran

 

Frontside or backside, Jeremy's a freak in the barrel. After locking into easily the best wave of his heat at North Point, Jezza scored a well-earned day off, after which we'll hopefully see him line up for round three at The Box. Photo Trevor Moran

Having so many good waves on offer, Jezza kept plenty of Monsta 6 and Forget Me Not round pins on hand to choose from, with one of his go-to sizes being a FMN 6'0" x 18 1/4" x 2 5/16" x 25.5L (he's 5'9" / 68kg). Photo Ryan Miller

While Joel found a few tubes in a super slow round one heat, he had to completely switch mindsets (and boards) overnight to get through round two at big Main Break. Photo Trevor Moran

After using a 6'4" Forget Me Not at North Point on opening day, Joel chose a 6'6" Step Up to take apart a few solid, windy rights on his way to round three, with a 6'8" in backup. At 6'0" / 83kg, he rides a 6'6" x 18 7/8" x 2 7/16" x 30.5L. Photo Ryan Miller

Joel, swooping on a roundhouse covering so much distance that the rebound looks like Main Break lefts. Every inch of that 6'6" came in handy this heat! Photo Ryan Miller

While Julian's heat at North Point was yet another half hour characterised by long lulls, it definitely had its moments. Here's J-Dub swooping on the inside ledge, riding one of his Snapper favourites - a 6'0 1/2" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 28L Monsta 6 (he's 6'0" / 80kg). Photo Trevor Moran

With plenty of bigger boards waiting in the wings for Main Break, Jules mostly kept his favourite shortboards on hand for North Point, all geared with his signature FCS template in large. Photo Ryan Miller

 


West Aus Warm-Ups

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Julian, bending minds at North Point. Photo Ryan Miller

WA's been firing since the CT rolled into town, and the Traktor Team's thrown themselves into everything that's come their way. From huge walls at Main Break, to mutant slabs at The Box, and a few crazy ramps at North Point, there's a whole lot of variety popping up around Margaret River. And the best part? We should see almost all of it come into play throughout the contest. Full gallery and board breakdowns below: 

With so many different conditions forecast for the main event, Jules brought a whole range of new shortboards and step-ups, plus a few favourite Monsta 6's from the Gold Coast. This one's 6'0 1/2" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 28L (he's 6'0" / 80kg). 

Unlike a lot of spots in the world, 'round here's mostly about harnessing speed rather than generating it yourself. Julian, burning through a chunky North Point shoulder. Photo Ryan Miller

Jack Robbo, flying through yet another tube before the trials. At 5'9" / 67kg, he rides a 5'10" x 18 1/4" x 2 1/4" x 24.8L Monsta 6. Photo Trevor Moran

Jack, heavy on the back foot before lining up the inside. Photo Trevor Moran

Whether it's tubes, turns or throwing big punts on the reg, Robbo's got it all. Photo Trevor Moran

Sal arrived in WA early enough to try plenty of step-ups at solid Main Break, and it shows. New lines on a 6'1" x 17 5/8" x 2 1/4" x 24.3L Forget Me Not round pin (she's 5'7" / 57kg). Photo Trevor Moran

Sal, carving through a foamy one at Margies. While 6'1" might not seem like much of a step up, remember her normal shortboard is a 5'8 1/2" x 17 5/8" x 2 3/16" x 22.3L Monsta 6. That's a lot more rail! Photo Trevor Moran

Ace, fitting a big backhand crack into North Point's shallow end section. At 5'9" / 76kg, he rides a 5'10" x 18 5/8" x 2 3/8" x 26L Monsta 6. Photo Trevor Moran

Fred, all power. At 6'1" / 81kg, he rides a 6'0" x 19" x 2 7/16" x 28.5L Monsta 6. Photo Trevor Moran

Like the rest of the team, Fred grabbed a bunch of Forget Me Not's for WA to suit the extra push and curve in the majority of the waves. Some of his go-to sizes are 6'0" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 27.6L (a touch less width and thickness than his M6), and 6'2 1/2" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.5L (slight step up). Photo Trevor Moran

Whenever there's big tubes and big ramps, Mikey's there. At 6'0" / 78kg, he rides a 6'0" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.1L Monsta 6. Photo Trevor Moran

You'd think something that high and that inverted might be a throwaway, but not for Mikey. He came within a fraction of landing this thing... Which might mean yet another day of hucking himself until he stomps it. Monsta 6 round tail - 6'1" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.5L. Photo Ryan Miller

 


Julian's WA Quiver

Monday, March 27, 2017

West Australia's set to fire for the second CT stop of 2017, and Julian's packing plenty of foam to be ready for anything. Last year Jules' world class rail game took him all the way to the final at Main Break, and with the forecast reading 18ft SSW at 17 seconds on opening day, we should see a bunch of the bigger boards in action this time around! Full breakdown, below (he's 6'0" / 80kg): 

MONSTA 6 squash - 6'0 1/2" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 28L 

MONSTA 6 swallow - 6'1" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 28.2L

FORGET ME NOT round pin - 6'2" x 18 3/4" x 2 7/16" x 28.9L

FORGET ME NOT round pin - 6'4" x 18 3/4" x 2 7/16" x 29.6L  

STEP UP round pin - 6'6" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 30.4L

If you want to go big, then WA's the place to be. Jules and a huge slob grab, not too far from Margaret River. Photo Ryan Miller

 

 


Owen's Quik Pro Epic

Monday, March 20, 2017

The final day we were all hoping for but didn't dare dream could actually happen! Incredibly well deserving champions Owen Wright and Stephanie Gilmore, plus amazing runner-up performances from Wilko and Lakey. Photo Trevor Moran. 

If you can properly consider where Owen's come from a year, a month and even a week before winning 2017's Quiksilver Pro, there's no doubt it's one of the greatest and most inspiring comebacks you'll ever see in any sport, let alone surfing. His off-season and lead up to this year's Championship Tour might have been relatively short, but with O being so enthusiastic about surfing again and having so much appreciation for the whole process, he was able to rapidly dial in boards with JS while also building his confidence and muscle memory to the point where he's now number one in the world. Of course, this is a huge high point in O's comeback, but you also get the feeling it's just the beginning of a long and happy story. More insight, below: 

 

 

Back in 2015 when Owen won in Fiji, his Monsta 6s were all around 6'3" x 19 1/4" x 2 1/2" x 31.5L, and his contest winner was a slight step-up 6'4 1/2" x 19 3/16" x 2 1/2" x 31.5L Forget Me Not. With Owen's current fighting weight now being 76kg (down from approx. 82-86kg beforehand), he's gravitated towards new, equally slimmed down dims in his M6 shortboard - 6'3" x 19" x 2 3/8" x 29.5L. Clip Peter King. 

 

Exactly the type of fast, yet critical backside surfing that led O all the way to the podium! Photo Ryan Miller

 


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